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The "Personae" project is a compelling exploration of the human experience, combining emotive violin compositions with thought-provoking poetry to create a truly captivating performance. Leslee's artistry and the depth of emotion she brings to each performance make her a well-respected and sought-after musician in the classical music. She is an outstanding artist and performer, and her work  project is an excellent example of her talant, and her passion for blending the arts together has led to many innovative projects. Leslee is sure to bring a captivating and unique interpretation of "Personae" to life with her skillful playing and creative vision.


       · The title “Personae” derives from a collection of short poems by Ezra Pound of the same name dated 1909. In Pound’s musical works, he often rejects traditional musical forms and replaces them with poetic forms including the sestina.

Personae · Leslee Smucker, Violin

  • [1] Printemps…George Antheil 1:19
    [2] “Persona” Stanza One…Jesse Nathan 0:23
    [3] Madame trop vos me spremes…Le Duc de Bougogne, Ezra Pound, editeur 1:14

    [4] Fiddle Music, First Suite…Ezra Pound 3:17
    [5] Stanza Two…Jesse Nathan 0:21
    [6] Raadsels…Louis Andriessen 5:52
    I - Prière, II - Vexations, III - Harmonies

    [7] Sestina: Altaforte…Ezra Pound 4:17
    [8] Stanza Three…Jesse Nathan 0:22
    [9] Sestina (after Pound)…JP Merz 7:03

    [10] Plainte pour la Mort du roi Richard Coeur de Lion…Gaucelm Faidit (XII siècle), transcribed for violin by Ezra Pound 3:21
    [11] Stanza Four…Jesse Nathan 0:23
    [12] The Logical Conclusion…Egemen Kesikli 4:37

    [13] Al Poco Giorno…Ezra Pound 5:33
    [14] Stanza Five…Jesse Nathan 0:23
    [15] Nocturne…Kaija Saariaho 3:59

    [16] Tu soi nel fiore della sua bellezza…Pétrus Convitortio (15th century), Ezra Pound, editeur 0:57
    Xenia…Louis Andriessen
    [17] I - Sarabande 2:52
    [18] II - Caccia 4:22
    [19] III - Song 3:01
    [20] Stanza Six…Jesse Nathan 1:17
    DDD 55:00


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